Jason Stearns

Jason Stearns is Director of the RVI’s Usalama Project, which documents armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). An American writer, he has worked in the DRC since September 2001, when he volunteered at a Bukavu human rights organization, Héritiers de la Justice (Heirs of Justice). He went on to work for the International Human Rights Law Group and the United Nations peacekeeping operation, MONUC.
Between 2005 and 2007, Stearns was based in Nairobi, Kenya, as a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group, working on the DRC, Rwanda, and Burundi. In 2007, he left to spend a year and a half researching and writing Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa (New York: Public Affairs, 2011). This history of the Congo wars of 1996-2003, based on interviews with leading protagonists of the conflict, was described by Adam Hochschild in the New York Times as ‘the best account so far: more serious than several recent macho-war-correspondent travelogues … lucid and accessible … made painfully real by a series of close-up portraits’.
In 2008, he was appointed by the UN Secretary General as coordinator of the UN Group of Experts on the Congo, responsible for researching support and financing of armed groups in the eastern DRC. Jason Stearns is currently working on a PhD in political science at Yale University.

Armée nationale et groupes armés dans l’est du Congo

Le rapport final du Projet Usalama présente les conclusions de ses travaux de recherche des 18 derniers mois en trois parties: une...MORE >

The national army and armed  groups in the eastern Congo

The final report of the Usalama Project presents the conclusions of 18-month field research on the national army and armed groups in the...MORE >

Maï-Maï Yakutumba

Ce rapport du Projet Usalama examine les Maï-Maï de William Amuri Yakutumba, un groupe qui, initialement, ont été démobilisé après la...MORE >

Mai-Mai Yakutumba

This Usalama Project report examines the Mai-Mai of William Amuri Yakutumba, a group which initially demobilized after the Second Congo...MORE >

Les Banyamulenge

Ce rapport Usalama par Jason Stearns et al. examine les Banyamulenge, une communauté Tutsi vivant dans l’est de la RDC qui s’est trouvée...MORE >


This Usalama report by Jason Stearns et al. examines the Banyamulenge, a Tutsi community in the Eastern DRC that has been stuck in a...MORE >

Les Raïa Mutomboki

Ce rapport du Projet Usalama décrit les origines, l'évolution rapide, l'expansion et les activités de cette force diverse. Le groupe...MORE >

Raia Mutomboki

This Usalama Project report describes the origins, rapid evolution, expansion and activities of this diverse force. The group began as a...MORE >

L'homme fort de l'est de la RDC

Ce briefing du Projet Usalama présente un profil de l'un des commandants les plus importants du M23, le général Bosco Ntaganda. Malgré...MORE >

Strongman of the eastern DRC: A profile of General Bosco Ntaganda

This Usalama Project Briefing presents a profile of one of the M23’s most important commanders, General Bosco Ntaganda. Despite his...MORE >